We’re taking this week to get to know each other a little, dear readers. It doesn’t mean there won’t be anything food related, but if you’re here to see what I ate for dinner, check back next week.
It’s no secret that I love the honesty and grace with which both Jenny and her husband Andy, write about their lives, and their family table. Dinner, a Love Story, aside from having the best moniker around, is one of my absolute, all-time favorite reads. If you haven’t seen Jenny and Andy’s 100 Rules of Dinner yet, stop what you’re doing, and click here.
In the same vein, I thought about some of my own, and sprinkled in those of Jenny and Andy’s with which I wholeheartedly agree (denoted by the *). Here are A Glass of Milk’s own Rules of Dinner:
- *Salt the water.
- When in doubt, break out the fine china.
- When in doubt, open the bottle of wine.
- Pasta can never have enough Parmesan cheese.
- The fewer ingredients, the better.
- The higher quality your ingredients, the better.
- *Everybody should know how to properly chop an onion.
- There’s always room for ice cream.
- Eating out is rarely worth it.
- Unless you have a neighborhood spot you love.
- It’s not that salad is bad, it’s just hard to find a good one.
- Don’t be afraid to veer from a recipe.
- Finding a meal-planning rhythm can be a lifesaver.
- Dinner is better with friends. The more, the merrier.
- Make sure there are a couple meals you love that only your husband (or some other love of your life) knows how to make.
- There’s no shame in calling for Chinese.
- There’s no shame in a second helping.
- He who makes dinner shalt not wash the dishes.
- Adding reserved pasta water to a sauce is as magical as they tell you.
- *If someone cooks dinner for you, and that dinner is delicious, and you enjoy eating it, say so. Say, “Oh my God, this is so good. This is INSANE.”
- It’s never too late to add one more dish to the menu.
- There is little in life that can’t benefit from a dollop of pesto.
- Or lemon zest.
- Dinner looks different, depending on the season.
- If you’re lacking a side dish, grab whatever vegetable is lurking in your refrigerator drawers, and roast the %!&$ out of it.
- The better your food, the less people will notice the mess in your kitchen.
- *There are very few problems in a kid’s life that aren’t momentarily solved by a stack of chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning. (Ummm, you don’t have to be a kid for this one to work)
- Never mess with your mother’s recipes.
- A KitchenAid mixer is worth every penny you pay for it.
- Savor dinner, savor life.
Your turn! What’s essential at your table?